Train to become a teacher in Australia at ECU, Perth
If you have already completed a bachelor degree in a subject other than education, you can become a fully qualified teacher in Western Australia with just two years of full-time study in a Master of Teaching. This course offers graduates great job prospects, both in Australia and internationally. The WA government has identified teaching as a key skills shortage area for the state, and teachers are listed as a nominated occupation identified on the Western Australian skilled migration occupational list (WASMOL) as at October 2018.
ECU offers the Master of Teaching in three streams: Early Childhood; Primary and Secondary. The course starts in Semester 1 (February) each year. A scholarship is also available, which makes this course one of the most cost-effective teacher training programmes in Australia!
The following specialisations are available:
- Early Childhood (Arts; Catholic Studies; Creativity; Diversity; Special Education)
- Primary (Arts; Catholic Studies; English; Health and Physical Education; Humanities and Social Sciences; Mathematics; Music; Science; Special Education)
- Secondary (Biological Science; Design and Technology; Drama; English; Health and Physical Education; Home Economics; Humanities and Social Sciences; Mathematics; Music; Visual Arts)
Secondary: Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West (Bunbury)
Primary: Mount Lawley, South West (Bunbury)
Early Childhood: Mount Lawley
Costs and scholarships
Annual tuition fees are A$29,800. Total programme fees are approximately A$60,000.
ECU currently offers the International Masters Scholarship, which provides a 20% reduction in tuition fees for the first year of the programme. This would reduce the total tuition fee above to approximately A$24,000 the first year. Please click here for more details
ECU teaching highlights
- Western Australia's largest School of Education and one of the largest in Australia
- Over 100 years of experience in teacher education
- Graduating more professional educators than any other institution in Western Australia
- Partnerships with over 650 schools mean our courses focus on the needs of schools of today, and student’s learning is supported through classroom-based practical experiences
- Access to an extensive range of well-equipped facilities to support all areas of learning
Employment prospects for graduates
Teaching is a key area of employment opportunity in Western Australia. Teachers are listed as a nominated occupation identified on the Western Australian skilled migration occupational list (WASMOL) as at October 2018.
The State Government of Western Australia has introduced the WA State Nominated Migration Program Graduate Stream and the Graduate Occupation List to provide a skilled migration pathway for eligible international Western Australian university graduates. Please click here (PDF) for more details.
Please visit the Government of Western Australia’s ‘Jobs and Skills’ website for more information on teaching in the state with information on working conditions and salary details.
The Master of Teaching currently qualifies graduates to apply for a post study work visa for Australia which allows the graduate, as well as their partner (if applicable) to work full time for up to two years, click here for more information.
Case study: Ayesha Wright
Ayesha, from the UK, is currently studying Early Childhood Education at ECU
“I decided to study at ECU because it was one of the most highly recommended universities. It has such a rich history in Teacher Education in Perth and WA especially, and I thought that was a great starting point.
“The School of Education has fantastic lecturers who are so enthusiastic and encouraging. They understand how difficult it can be at times and are always there to push us along and give us that extra boost that we need.
“As an early childhood education student, I have had the opportunity to undertake professional practice where I was able to teach and learn with an amazing set of students and a mentor teacher. Having that experienced teacher meant I was able to get feedback on my teaching practices and learn new ways of teaching children.”
Download: Master of Teaching information (PDF)
Case study: Maria and Jamie Hardcastle
Maria Hardcastle, her husband Jamie and their two children aged 11 and 7 are getting ready to leave their home just outside Manchester for a new life in sunny Perth, where Maria is due to start her training as a primary teacher in February 2019.
“We’re excited but a bit nervous!” says Maria. “We’ve been planning this move for so long, and it’s really finally happening!”
When they started talking about making the move to Australia, Maria and Jamie didn’t consider the West Coast at first. “Jamie’s uncle lives near Brisbane, and we’ve both spent some time in Melbourne, so originally we were only looking at Queensland and Victoria,” says Maria. So what changed their minds? “A lot of it was down to cost, if we’re being honest,” admits Jamie. “Because Maria is going to be doing a Masters, we don’t have to pay any school fees for the kids in Western Australia, but we would have had to in Victoria or Queensland. With the scholarship taking 20% off Maria’s course fees as well, the whole two years at ECU is going to cost about A$50,000 less than it would have done in either of the other two states.”
Maria also feels that the family’s future pathways to remain in Australia after she finishes the course are clearer, thanks to WA state government migration policy. “The chances of me being able to get a job in Perth after I finish, and for us to all stay in Australia longer term, do seem a bit more clear-cut in Western Australia,” she says. “It’s really important to us to feel as though we will have options in Australia after I qualify. We’re uprooting our kids, going a long way and paying a lot of money – but I hope it will all be worth it in the end for our and our kids futures!”